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Gabriel Francis-Dehqani

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Gabriel Francis-Dehqani

Cellist

Gabriel read Music at Durham University where he performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. He graduated with a first-class degree, winning the Eve Myra Kisch prize for highest mark in music. Prior to this, Gabriel studied with Guy Johnston and was awarded the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship to Eton College, where he studied with Sue Lowe. Gabriel won awards from Help Musicians UK, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Stephen Bell Scheme and The Essex Community Foundation to support his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins.

In 2023, he won First Prize at the 4th Edition of the International Contemporary Music Interpretation Competition by the Fondazione Foundation, subsequently performing a solo cello recital at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. He won the Hall Memorial Prize at the Essex Young Musician of the year 2022 and was a finalist in the 2023 Tillett Debut Scheme competition. He is also a finalist in the upcoming Muriel Taylor Cello Competition. He was the music scholar at St James’s Church, Piccadilly (2022/23), performing numerous recitals and concerts. He has attended festivals such as the International Summer Academy of the mdw, Schiermonnikoog and looks forward to IMS Prussia Cove later this year. He has been broadcast numerous times as a soloist and chamber musician on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the Field’s, The Arnold Schönberg Center, The Princess Alexandra Hall, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, The Barbican Hall and St John Smith’s Square.

Gabriel Francis-Dehqani
Gabriel Francis-Dehqani